Phil Martens, chief executive officer of Novelis, won CEO of the Year for steering the US$11 billion company from a loss of nearly US$2 billion back into profitability by centralizing operations in less than a year. Novalis won the Company of the Year award for its advancements in recycling and other sectors.

ArcelorMittal of Luxembourg received the Innovative Technology of the Year title for its light weight, high-strength steel alternative to aluminium. Judges noted that not only has the innovation given the auto industry another choice, but ArcelorMittal’s partnership with Ford has also propelled the commercialization of a cold rolled, dual phase steel, known as DP980/550, which by some estimates could revolutionize auto production.
 
Ohio-based American Posts was selected for the End-User Efficiency Initiative award in recognition of its success withstanding global competition and growing its market share from 2% to 20% in short fashion.
 
Peter Marcus, a steel securities analyst, consultant and founding partner of World Steel Dynamics won the Lifetime Achievement award. The judges were impressed by his commitment to the steel industry and his industry education efforts, which have won him respect and recognition from his peers. 
 
Financial Deal of the Year went to the London Metal Exchange (LME) for its acceptance of Hong Kong Exchange’s bid, reported to be one of the most expensive exchange mergers in excess of $1 billion and one which gives LME access to China, the world’s largest purchaser of metals.
 
Winners of the Industry Leadership Awards were: US-based Alcoa Inc for aluminium; Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara (LKAB) of Sweden for raw materials and mining, US headquartered The David J Joseph Company for scrap and recycling, and JSW Steel Ltd of India for steel.
 
“We are delighted that the finalists and winners of our inaugural Global Metals Awards represent such a wide range of metal industry participants,” said Larry Neal, president of Platts. “With a winning slate of mid-sized, privately held companies and major global corporations, our inaugural awards have gotten off to a great start symbolic of the industry’s breadth and depth.”
 
The 2013 awards ceremony was held in association with the Platts European Steel Summit comprising Platts Green Steel Focus Day on 22 May and the Platts Steel Markets Europe Conference on 23-24 May. Next year’s Platts Global Metals Awards and events will be held on 22 May 2014.